Kiru principal’s widow denies murder charge
Jane Muthoni has abandoned husband’s name, Mbuthi, for her father’s, Mucheru
The widow of a secondary school principal in Murang’a, who was found dead three weeks ago, has denied murdering him.
Jane Muthoni was charged at the High Court in Murang’a yesterday with murdering Solomon Mwangi between November 6 and 11 at Karuguta, Kiambu county.
Muthoni, who has now dropped her husband’s name, Mbuthi, and adopted her father’s name, Mucheru, appeared before Justice Hatari Waweru.
State counsel Keya Ombele made an application to have the case transferred to the High Court in Kiambu, saying Karuguta, where the body was found, is in that county.
His application was supported by the defence team, led by lawyer Kariuki Njiiri. He said the transfer should be done urgently for him to apply for Muthoni’s bond. The case will be mentioned in Kiambu tomorrow.
Waweru quashed an application for a lawyer representing the county head teachers’ association to be enjoined, saying that is not applicable in a criminal case.
Muthoni was arrested on November 13 in her Ichachiri Secondary School home in Gatundu, Kiambu, where she has been principal.
Her arrest was after Mwangi’s body was found in a coffee plantation. Police said the body was badly mutilated, with some teeth missing and the hands tied behind his back.